Monday, September 27, 2021

Inadequate Board reasoning in TrustID

TRUSTID, Inc. (“TRUSTID”), the owner of U.S. Patent No. 9,001,985 (“the ’985 patent”), appeals a final written decision of the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (“Board”) determining that certain claims of the ’985 patent were shown to be unpatentable. Next Caller Inc. v. TRUSTID, Inc., No. IPR2019-00039 (P.T.A.B. Feb. 24, 2020), Paper No. 67, Corrected Non-Confidential Joint Appendix (“J.A.”) 1–92 (“Final Written Decision”). Next Caller, Inc. (“Next Caller”) cross-appeals the Board’s determination that other claims of the ’985 patent were not shown to be unpatentable. We affirm-in-part, vacate-in-part, and remand. In particular, we affirm the Board’s decision finding claims 1– 7, 12–14, 16–18, and 22 of the ’985 patent unpatentable. However, because the Board did not adequately explain the reasoning for its non-obviousness determination as to claims 8–11, 19, and 20 of the ’985 patent, we vacate the Board’s decision with respect to those claims and remand for further proceedings.

US national covid death rate drops to 2.8 per 100K per week as of Sept 27

The "bad" states for Covid death:

West Virginia 8.5 Alaska 7.9 Texas 7.4 Georgia 7.3 Guam 6.6 Idaho 6.6 Wyoming 6.4 Louisiana 6.2 South Carolina 6.2 Tennessee 6.1 Montana 5.8 Nevada 4.8 Arkansas 4.4 Missouri 4.4 Arizona 4.1 Kentucky 4.1 Indiana 3.7 Oklahoma 3.5 New Mexico 3.2 Washington 3.2 Hawaii 3 Ohio 3 Kansas 2.9 Iowa 2.6


CDC | Data as of: September 27, 2021 1:29 PM ET. Posted: September 27, 2021 2:42 PM ET



Some of the less bad states:

Nebraska 1.5 Wisconsin 1.5 Colorado 1.4 Maine 1.4 Minnesota 1.4 Massachusetts 1.3 New York City* 1.3 Vermont 1.3 Connecticut 1.1 New Hampshire 1.1 Florida 1 Michigan 0.8 District of Columbia 0.7 Alabama 0.5 Rhode Island 0.5 California 0.2

Sunday, September 26, 2021

U.S. national covid 7 DAY DEATH RATE PER 100,000 climbs to 3.4 as of September 26, 2021

Within the U.S. there were TOTAL DEATHS 684,884 +2,177 New Deaths.

The "bad" states (above the national average of 3.4):

Alabama 16.6 Georgia 8.5 West Virginia 8.5 Alaska 8.2 Idaho 7.8 South Carolina 7.3 Texas 7.3 Louisiana 7 Oklahoma 6.6 Montana 6.4 Wyoming 6.4 Tennessee 6.1 Nevada 5.5 Kentucky 5.4 Arizona 4.9 Arkansas 4.9 Indiana 4.4 Missouri 4.4 Kansas 4 Washington 3.9 Hawaii 3.7 New Mexico 3.5

CDC | Data as of: September 26, 2021 12:32 PM ET. Posted: September 26, 2021 1:45 PM ET

link: https://covid.cdc.gov/covid-data-tracker/#cases_deathsper100klast7days

In terms of death data, not normalized per 100,00

DEATHS IN LAST 7 DAYS 11,168, with the "bad" states:

Texas 2,112 Georgia 901 Alabama 813 Tennessee 417 South Carolina 375 Arizona 358 Ohio 349 Louisiana 323 Indiana 294 Washington 293 Virginia 283 California 278 Missouri 269 Illinois 265 Oklahoma 262 North Carolina 256 Pennsylvania 252 Kentucky 241 Florida 207 Nevada 170 New York* 167 West Virginia 153 Arkansas 149 New Jersey 142

CDC | Data as of: September 26, 2021 12:32 PM ET. Posted: September 26, 2021 1:45 PM ET


In terms of Covid cases, the "bad" states are:


Alaska 972.1 West Virginia 682.4 Wyoming 675.2 Montana 591.6 Kentucky 544.4 (#25, 60%) Guam 506.1 (would be #5 state, 75.5%) Idaho 474.4 North Dakota 471.2 South Carolina 431.8 Alabama 390 Ohio 379.1 Wisconsin 376.8 (#23, 60.6%) Iowa 362.2 Tennessee 336.8 Delaware 330.9 (#20, 65.8%) South Dakota 321.5 Indiana 316.6 Georgia 305.4 Utah 303 Mississippi 288.8 Oklahoma 286.5 Arkansas 280.9 Minnesota 276.1 Texas 270.8 (#26, 60%) Oregon 264.3 (#19, 66.1%) Virginia 262.9 (#16, 67.8%) Washington 259.3 (#17, 66.7%) Kansas 259.2 (#27, 59.3%) Pennsylvania 254.5 (#9, 71.7%) Florida 248.3 (#18, 66.4%) Maine 242.1 (#6, 73.6%) Arizona 237.3 Michigan 230.4 New Hampshire 230.3 (#14, 69%) North Carolina 226.6 Rhode Island 213.1 (#5, 74.6%) Vermont 213 (#1, 77.3%)


The above: 7-Day Case Rate per 100,000 The national average is 241.2

CDC Data as of: September 26, 2021 12:32 PM ET. Posted: September 26, 2021 1:45 PM ET
link: https://covid.cdc.gov/covid-data-tracker/#cases_casesper100klast7days


As to vaccinations, we put the state rank, and % with at least one dose, for selected states in parentheses in the above. VAX data from statista as of Sept. 23, 2021.

link: https://www.statista.com/statistics/1202065/population-with-covid-vaccine-by-state-us/

Saturday, September 25, 2021

The U.S. national 7 DAY DEATH RATE PER 100,000 on September 24, 2021 is 3.3

The "bad" states are

Alabama 17.8 West Virginia 10 Georgia 8.3 Louisiana 7.2 Texas 7.1 Idaho 6.7 Oklahoma 6.4 Wyoming 6.4 Montana 6.1 Kentucky 5.8 South Carolina 5.7 Nevada 5.3 Arkansas 5.1 Arizona 5 Tennessee 5 Indiana 4.4 Missouri 4.4 Hawaii 4.2 Kansas 4.1 Washington 3.8 Mississippi 3.7 New Mexico 3.5 Virginia 3.2

CDC | Data as of: September 24, 2021 12:38 PM ET. Posted: September 24, 2021 1:50 PM ET

Data Table for Cumulative Deaths per 100k in Last 7 Days

TOTAL DEATHS 682,646 +1,803 New Deaths

New Jersey is at 1.6 and Florida is at 1.3.


link: https://covid.cdc.gov/covid-data-tracker/#cases_deathsper100klast7days


In terms of Covid cases (not deaths)

National 7 DAY CASE RATE PER 100,000 is 246.8

The "bad" states

Alaska 854.6 West Virginia 662 Wyoming 640.7 Montana 608.8 Kentucky 571.2 Guam 542.3 Idaho 479.1 South Carolina 458.1 North Dakota 451.7 Alabama 400.7 Ohio 390.6 Wisconsin 382.2 Delaware 335.8 Indiana 332.6 South Dakota 329.8 Tennessee 321.1 Mississippi 318.8 Georgia 317.5 Oklahoma 311.3 Utah 305.4 Iowa 301.9 Arkansas 295.7 Texas 286.6 Minnesota 272 Washington 269.2 Virginia 265.6 Oregon 264.3 Florida 261.7 Vermont 261.7 Pennsylvania 255.5


In terms of cases, one notes that the state of Florida (261.7) and the state of Vermont (261.7) are the same.


Virginia 265.6 Oregon 264.3 Florida 261.7 Vermont 261.7 Pennsylvania 255.5 Maine 247.4 Nebraska 242.4

In terms of vaccination, statista.com, in a post titled Percentage of U.S. population who had been given a COVID-19 vaccination as of September 23, 2021, by state or territory, gives the level of vaccination for Vermont as 69.1 (fully vaccinated)/77.3 (at least one dose) , making Vermont the highest vaccinated state in the U.S. In contrast, Florida is at 56.5/66.4.

link: https://www.statista.com/statistics/1202065/population-with-covid-vaccine-by-state-us/

Curiously, the New York Times reported "insufficient or no data" for vax data on Vermont on Sept. 25.



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From the New York Times (note Vermont):









Thursday, September 23, 2021

U.S. national Covid death rate remains at 3.2 on September 22, 2021 and climbs to 3.3 on September 23, 2021

The death rate per week, per 100,000 for the U.S. as a whole remained at 3.2.


Data Table for Cumulative Deaths per 100k in Last 7 Days for individual states as of September 22,2021:

Alabama 18 West Virginia 10 Idaho 8.8 Georgia 8.7 Louisiana 6.8 Texas 6.8 Guam 6.6 Oklahoma 6.4 Wyoming 6.4 Kentucky 6.2 Arkansas 5.5 South Carolina 5.3 Montana 5.1 Nevada 5 Kansas 4.9 North Carolina 4.8 Missouri 4.4 Arizona 3.9 Mississippi 3.9 Hawaii 3.8 Washington 3.7 Indiana 3.4 New Mexico 3.3 Oregon 3.2 Ohio 2.8 Virginia 2.8


CDC | Data as of: September 22, 2021 2:02 PM ET. Posted: September 22, 2021 4:30 PM ET


link: https://covid.cdc.gov/covid-data-tracker/#cases_deathsper100klast7days


Followup, as of September 23, 2021, the seven day rate went up to 3.3

7 DAY DEATH RATE PER 100,000 3.3

TOTAL DEATHS 680,688 +1,961 New Deaths


CDC | Data as of: September 23, 2021 4:04 PM ET. Posted: September 23, 2021 4:52 PM ET

The "bad" states on Sept. 23:

Alabama 19.2 West Virginia 9.5 Georgia 8.2 Louisiana 7.3 Idaho 7.1 Texas 6.8 Oklahoma 6.7 Wyoming 6.4 Kentucky 6.2 Guam 6 South Carolina 5.8 Arkansas 5.5 Montana 5.2 Nevada 5.2 Missouri 4.7 Tennessee 4.7 Arizona 4.5 Indiana 4.5 Kansas 4.1 Mississippi 4.1 Hawaii 3.9 Washington 3.7 New Mexico 3.3 Virginia 3

The above: CDC | Data as of: September 23, 2021 4:04 PM ET. Posted: September 23, 2021 4:52 PM ET


As to 7 DAY CASE RATE PER 100,000 on Sept. 22, one has 269.2


The "bad" states:

Alaska 800 West Virginia 702.7 Wyoming 620.1 Guam 617.1 Kentucky 610.8 Montana 593 South Carolina 500.5 Idaho 469.8 North Dakota 424.6 Alabama 421.3 North Carolina 405.7 Ohio 405.5 Wisconsin 402.4 Iowa 385.5 Mississippi 363.8 Indiana 351.9 Georgia 343.4 Texas 332.8



TOTAL DEATHS 677,086 +1,972 New Deaths

Wednesday, September 22, 2021

US national covid death rate at 3.2 on September 21, 2021

The "bad" states for Covid death rate (per 100,000 per week) are


Alabama 15.1 West Virginia 10.4 Idaho 9.2 Georgia 8.2 South Carolina 8 Louisiana 7.6 Oklahoma 6.8 Texas 6.7 Wyoming 6.7 Guam 6.6 Arkansas 6.1 Mississippi 5.7 Kentucky 5.5 North Carolina 5 Kansas 4.9 Nevada 4.9 Arizona 4.5 Missouri 4.3 Montana 4.2 Hawaii 3.8 Washington 3.8 Oregon 3.5 New Mexico 3.3


CDC | Data as of: September 21, 2021 3:32 PM ET. Posted: September 21, 2021 4:55 PM ET


link: https://covid.cdc.gov/covid-data-tracker/#cases_deathsper100klast7days


In terms of deaths, not normalized per 100K:


DEATHS IN LAST 7 DAYS 10,734 (placing US population at about 335 million; Worldometer estimates 333,373,690)


One notes the population of the U.S. in the year 1918 was about 103.2 million. Thus, the US now has about 3.2 times more people than in 1918.

See also https://www.cnn.com/2021/09/20/health/us-covid-deaths-surpass-1918-pandemic/index.html

Monday, September 20, 2021

National average Covid death rate drops to 2.9 per 100,000 per week on September 20, 2021

As of September 20, 2021 12:35 PM ET. Posted by the CDC: September 20, 2021 1:45 PM, the national average weekly deaths per 100,000 is 2.9 [7 DAY DEATH RATE PER 100,000 is 2.9 ]


The "bad" states are:


Alabama 10.9 Idaho 9.2 West Virginia 9.1 Guam 7.8 Georgia 6.9 Louisiana 6.9 Texas 6.7 Wyoming 6.7 South Carolina 6.3 Arkansas 5.5 Arizona 4.5 Mississippi 4.3 Nevada 4.1 North Carolina 4.1 Hawaii 3.8 Montana 3.7 Kentucky 3.5 Kansas 3.3 Oregon 3.2 Washington 3.2 Missouri 3.1 Oklahoma 3 [national average is 2.9] New Mexico 2.7 Ohio 2.7 Tennessee 2.7 Pennsylvania 2.3 Puerto Rico 2.3 Delaware 2.1 Vermont 2.1 Illinois 2 Iowa 2 Virginia 2 Virgin Islands 1.9 Indiana 1.8 North Dakota 1.7 Utah 1.7 South Dakota 1.6 New Jersey 1.5 Alaska 1.4 Colorado 1.4 Maryland 1.4 New York* 1.4 Maine 1.3 Wisconsin 1.3 Florida 1.2


In terms of new Covid cases. For the US: 7 DAY CASE RATE PER 100,000 is 250.7


The "bad" states:


West Virginia 715.8 Guam 667.8 Alaska 562.1 Montana 485.1 Idaho 470.8 Alabama 449 Wyoming 437 Kentucky 426.6 North Dakota 424.9 Tennessee 417.7 Ohio 415.6 South Carolina 397 Texas 385.1 North Carolina 334.4 Iowa 329.3 Delaware 323.3 South Dakota 320.4 Mississippi 313.8 Arkansas 308.7 Indiana 296.8 Florida 287.2 Georgia 284.8 Kansas 269

State/Territory 7-Day Case Rate per 100,000 with national average 250.7


In terms of un-normalized data:


Texas 111,673 Florida 61,682 Ohio 48,580 California 37,634 North Carolina 35,068 Pennsylvania 32,795 Georgia 30,240 Tennessee 28,524 New York* 23,449 Alabama 22,013 South Carolina 20,442 Indiana 19,982 Illinois 19,856 Virginia 19,072 Kentucky 19,057 Arizona 18,203 Michigan 16,776 Washington 16,736 New Jersey 15,722


link: https://covid.cdc.gov/covid-data-tracker/#cases_last7-count

Sunday, September 19, 2021

"Face the Nation" gets Covid facts completely wrong on September 19, 2021

From the CBS news show, "Face the Nation" on September 19, 2021:


MARGARET BRENNAN: Good morning, and welcome to FACE THE NATION. On the COVID front the news is still bleak. Nearly 10,000 Americans died last week of the virus. We now total more than 673,000 dead. Children, who are still not eligible for vaccines, account for almost 29% of all cases. And according to the AAP, there were nearly a quarter million new pediatric covid infections last week. We begin with Senior National Correspondent Mark Strassmann in Orlando.


(...)


MARK STRASSMANN: Not in COVID America, where the virus now kills around nineteen hundred people a day, the highest average in six months. By any measure, COVID sorrow stalks Florida with a vengeance. More than fifty thousand Floridians already dead. An average of three hundred fifty more every day tops in America.


(...)

MARK STRASSMANN: Doctor Vincent Hsu, an infectious disease physician, works at AdventHealth, Orlando. Systemwide AdventHealth has fifty hospitals with seventeen hundred COVID patients. More than half of them in Central Florida. DR. VINCENT HSU: There is still a lot of issues with-- with taking care of these patients, supplies, space, as well as staffing. MARK STRASSMANN: Continuous surges remain a threat? DR. VINCENT HSU: We always have to be prepared for another surge. MARK STRASSMANN: Critics blast the state's leadership for failing to protect the youngest Floridians.


(...)

MARK STRASSMANN: This hospital, Orlando's largest, is short hundreds of nurses despite retention bonuses and shift bonuses. And it's a crisis across America's hospitals. Early retirements, resignations, and a rash of sick days, staff burned out by this ongoing COVID siege. Margaret.


As sportscaster Warner Wolf [ perhaps best known as a local news sports anchor in Washington, D.C. and New York City, and for his catchphrase "Let's go to the videotape!" ] would say "Let's go to the videotape."


For CDC data as of CDC | Data as of: September 19, 2021 12:32 PM ET. Posted: September 19, 2021 1:40 PM, the national Covid weekly death rate per 100,000 people is 3.2. Of the states with the highest death rate:


Alabama 10.9 West Virginia 9.1 Idaho 8.6 Georgia 7.9 South Carolina 7.9 Louisiana 7.8 Arkansas 7.1 Texas 7 Wyoming 6.7 Tennessee 6.6 Mississippi 5.5 North Carolina 5.2 Oklahoma 4.7 Nevada 4.6 Montana 4 Hawaii 3.7 Kentucky 3.7 Oregon 3.7 Washington 3.7 Kansas 3.4 Arizona 3.2 Missouri 3.1


Contrary to what Mark Strassman and Margaret Brennan suggested [ By any measure, COVID sorrow stalks Florida with a vengeance ], Florida (at 1.0 is below national average in Covid death rate and ranks slightly better than Connecticut and Minnesota.

Connecticut 1.1 Minnesota 1.1 Florida 1 Michigan 0.9


Separately, in terms of un-normalized Covid deaths (in the last seven days), Florida is not the leader:


Texas 2,025 Georgia 836 North Carolina 540 Alabama 533 Tennessee 451 South Carolina 405 Louisiana 362 Illinois 330 California 326 Ohio 317 Washington 283 Pennsylvania 277 Arizona 232 Florida 224 Arkansas 213 Virginia 210 Missouri 188

CDC | Data as of: September 19, 2021 12:32 PM ET. Posted: September 19, 2021 1:40 PM

If Covid is stalking Florida with a vengeance, Covid is stalking many other states with MORE of a vengeance.


The Strassman/Brennan presentation, asserting "an average of three hundred fifty more [deaths in Florida] every day tops in America," is false


In terms of new Covid cases (not normalized):

Texas 111,980 Florida 76,434 Tennessee 53,455 North Carolina 50,992 Ohio 50,304 California 43,286 Georgia 40,840 Pennsylvania 31,934 South Carolina 31,743 Indiana 26,760 Illinois 25,956 Virginia 24,994 Kentucky 24,165 New York* 23,969 Washington 23,020 Michigan 21,442 Alabama 19,690 Arizona 19,124 Wisconsin 17,900 New Jersey 15,531

In terms of new Covid cases, normalized per 100,000


Tennessee 782.7 West Virginia 762 Alaska 691.1 Guam 636.4 South Carolina 616.5 Wyoming 572.8 Montana 561.1 Kentucky 540.9 North Carolina 486.2 Idaho 483.1 Ohio 430.4 North Dakota 426.1 Iowa 414.3 Alabama 401.6 Mississippi 398.1 Indiana 397.5 Texas 386.2 Georgia 384.7 South Dakota 359.9 Florida 355.9 Oklahoma 353.7


The national average is 7 DAY CASE RATE PER 100,000 299.6


In passing, NJ 101.5 reported the transmission rate (Ro) for New Jersey as 1.08, meaning NJ is currently getting worse, not better.




"Face the Nation" got its facts, and its inference, completely wrong.